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New(ish) Release Review! A PRETEND BETROTHAL by Lana Williams (Mayfair Literary League #2)

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Bonded by books and united by a purpose, The Mayfair Literary League has taken on a new mission—For Better or Worse. The bachelors of London won’t know what hit them when these bookish ladies set their sights on the men in their lives who don’t see them for who they truly are—yet.

Can she reclaim her childhood best friend AND convince him to love her?

Lady Tabitha Malton spends her days caring for her mother who feigns illness to keep Tibby at her side. Tibby can’t bring herself to protest until The Mayfair Literary League proposes a new agenda—perform a bold act to catch the notice of their secret crush.

Michael Shaw isn’t the same man who left England’s shores a decade ago to serve in the military, but his well-meaning mother doesn’t seem to understand. Her insistence that he take a wife is driving him mad. How can he consider marriage when he feels broken and battered inside?

A pretend betrothal might be the perfect solution for them both.

Tibby isn’t the same person either. She’s grown into a beautiful woman whose intelligence and grace intrigues him at every turn. A “pretend” kiss upends his world until he’s no longer certain what he wants with one exception—her.

Tibby knows she’s in over her head and has already lost her heart to the handsome captain. Will her bold move lead to love or heartache?

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You can’t go wrong with a friends-to-lovers fake engagement, amirite?

I’m really enjoying the Mayfair Literary League Ladies’ determination to take control over their own love lives–and so far, they’re 2 for 2! Unorthodox? Sure, but it’s hard to argue with results. The way their secret plan keeps getting leaked to sections of society, though, I’m starting to get worried there won’t be any potential spouses left who don’t already know about their For Better or Worse plan–though maybe that’s not a bad thing? Maybe those oblivious guys will get their heads out of their butts faster if they have an inkling of what’s coming? 😉

A Pretend Betrothal did not disappoint. Tibby is a delightful and relatable heroine, and I loved watching it slowly dawn on Michael that gosh, it’s no longer *just* friendship that he feels for her. I was a teensy bit aggravated over how long it took him to admit as much to Tibby, but he makes up for it in the end. Their HEA was well deserved, and the epilogue was *chef’s kiss* perfect.

Bring on book 3!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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